is a manufacturer of the revolutionary snap-off blade. Their name is derived from the concatenation of two Japanese
(折る, fold) and ha
(刃, blade). Founded in 1956
by Yoshio Okada, Olfa has made revolutionary steps in knife
Yoshio and his younger brother Saburo, each were working in separate printing company and cut paper by corner of razor blade
, but soon the blade became unusable with ware out of blade. The idea, of brothers, to cut or fold the blade was thought out of folded plate glass
was used as cutting knife
, and recalled folding the bar of chocolate
along groove which was given by GHQ
(Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers
Their products include heavy-duty and specialty cutting tools for the building industry, to safety tools for industrial applications, to rotary cutters, self-healing mats, art knives and rulers for the crafting industry.
The company's products are frequently recommended for use in crafts such as book repair, calligraphy, quilt making, modelling, sewing, picture framing and appliqué .